Starry, starry night...paint your palette blue and grey...I can't help singing the lyrics to Don Mcleans song as I post this. Artbeads.com Winter Enchantment theme this month immediately brought to mind the winter skies. My husband and I love to stargaze and have a telescope to view through for especially beautiful clear nights. Winter is a great time for stargazing. Even though the winter nights are chilly, the skies are clear and the stars are bright. Winter is a great time to stargaze and look for new constellations. Using the Winter enchantment theme I picked sparkly and dark blues for my colors and here is the finished project which I call "Starry Nights". I went a few steps further and beaded some crystal stars in two sizes to dangle and sparkle from the delicate silver chain.
Oh I am loving these Cosmic Oval Swarovskis...this is the Bermuda Blue color which is so beautiful and has an irridescent blue/silver quality to it. These just beg "Do something with me". They can be used as connectors for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I love them!! The larger oval is the golden shadow color. I wanted a bit of contrast instead of going all blue. I had to connect them, but didn't want to hide the sparkle of the crystal, so a thin beaded connection was needed. Once I had the two rings connected, I went one step further and beaded some crystal stars which I dangled from a delicate silver cable chain. This is one of the smallest and most delicate chains. A very nice simple dangle using 3mm and 4mm crystals to make two different size stars.2mm swarovski crystal faceted rounds. I needed something very very small to add sparkle to the connector and those were perfect. Using size 15 seed beads which are very small for the connector requires a very small bead embellishment. I used the capri blue color and it matched the cosmic oval ring perfectly.
Once my earrings were done I couldn't just put a plain ear wire on it. If you have had problems with missing earrings a sterling lever back hook is perfect. After spending all this time beading these earrings I don't want to lose them and the sterling lever backs are a must. They have a safety catch on the back which avoids earrings slipping out of your ear. Artbeads carries them and that was a must to finish off this project